NEW MINISTER BONYONGWE THREATENS LIFE SENTENCES FOR RAPISTS | Newly appointed Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Happyton Bonyongwe has flexed his muscles and threatened life jail sentences for ra_pists of minor children.
Addressing Beitbridge residents during an advocacy meeting organised by his ministry yesterday, Bonyongwe said a draft Bill against child marriages would be tabled before Parliament soon.
“The government is doing its best to protect the girl child in the wake of these disturbing trends. We have an amendment proposal seeking to have life sentences imposed on people convicted of raping minors,” he said.
Bonyongwe, a top government spy until his new appointment in the recent ministerial reshuffle, was on his first public appearance after assuming his new role as a Cabinet minister.He said following concerns raised by various stakeholders, his ministry had proposed a life term in jail for paed_ophilia, a crime common in Zimbabwe.
Ped_ophilia is usually influenced by traditional beliefs and fuelled by some traditional healers who, at times, prescribe sleeping with minors as a cure for HIV.
Bonyongwe said his ministry had also proposed to have people who ra_pe adults and elderly people caged for 40 years or more to curb the vice.